Sunday, May 13, 2012

letter to Ruth Harley 14th May 2012

James Ricketson
316 Whale Beach Road
Palm Beach 2108

Ruth Harley
CEO, Screen Australia
Level 4
150 William St.
Woolloomooloo 2011                                                                                    14th May 2012

Dear Ruth

I am in the process of lodging a complaint with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in relation to your letter of 10th. May informing me that Screen Australia will no longer communicate with me in any way or accept funding applications from me.

The success or otherwise of my complaint, my request for a review, will hinge on whether or not I have corresponded with members of Screen Australia’s staff in a way that could be construed to amount to harassment, intimidation or to placing members of your staff at risk.

It is my contention that no such correspondence exists, just as it has been my contention this past 17 months that the correspondence Fiona Cameron refers to in her 12th Nov 2010 does not exist.

If you are convinced that such correspondence exists and that you can mount a case before the Tribunal that my correspondence has been written with the intention to harass and intimidate members of your staff, you will no doubt wish to have the matter heard and resolved such that precisely who is playing fast and loose with the truth can be determined by an independent arbiter once and for all.

I would suggest the following as a more appropriate  way of resolving this dispute:

- Ross Mathews and Claire Jager apologize for completing an assessment without viewing the ‘promo’ that was its centrepiece.

- Fiona Cameron apologize for claiming that Screen Australia has on file correspondence from me which does not exist.

- You apologize to me for accusing me of harassing and intimidating Screen Australia staff and placing them at risk when I have not done so.

If you would prefer to have these questions deal with by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal this is, of course, your prerogative.

best wishes

James Ricketson
cc Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Commonwealth Ombudsman
Prime Minister Julia Gillard


  1. The expression 'Throwing down the gauntlet' comes to mind. Am dying to see who is left standing after this unseemly stoush.

  2. not sure it the AAT will look at Federal Government agencies??

    - there needs to be some form of redress and accountability??